Caged In Memories, the debut album by obscure Mexican band Anima Tempo, is the best example I’ve heard recently of how diverse the genre of Progressive Metal is. It encompasses a wide range of musical styles, from frantic and heavy to light and symphonic. I guarantee that you won’t ever be bored listening to the album, as the music is varied enough to stay fresh throughout its entirety. I find myself enjoying the album more and more each time I listen to it – the band has a great blend of creativity and skill, and Caged In Memories is both unique and impressive.
Anima Tempo’s musical style can be split into two distinct categories: metallic and melodic. Each is present in every song, and each song switches fairly frequently between the two. It’s not uncommon for any song to dive suddenly from a theatrical symphonic passage into a heavy guitar riff. The wide range of genres is one of the album’s best qualities. One of the biggest benefits resulting from this eclecticism when it comes to Caged In Memories is that the transitions simply work excellent. I’m reminded of Between The Buried And Me in some ways – anyone who has listened to BTBAM is familiar with the quick switches between melodic singing and death metal. Same as BTBAM, Anima Tempo executes these transitions with a certain finesse. The sudden switches between heavy and melodic come off as indecisive sometimes, which is a shame because both are very good. Both sides of Caged In Memories‘ music are performed incredibly. There is still space for progress, perhaps some minor idiosyncrasies in style will be smoothed out on the next releases.
As I stated before, each of the album’s styles is executed well in its own right. The musicians are all very capable of adapting to different genres. Most notable among the instruments are the guitars, shared by Gian Granados, Dante Granados and Daniel Gonzalez. Caged In Memories contains a wide array of guitar work, and guys often drive the melody in a way it is not very common in Prog Metal. There’s a notable guitar presence throughout the album that is nothing short of excellent. The rhythm section comprised of bassist Pedro Vera and drummer Antonio Guerrero, as well, is excellent.
I’ve said pretty much all there is to say – Caged In Memories is fantastic, and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys Progressive Metal. It has some minor flaws, but most of them can be attributed to the fact that it is Anima Tempo’s first album. I’m looking forward to seeing their future work, and hoping for the best.